Henry Baxter Ward

Able Seaman Henry Baxter Ward served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. He died as a result of an accident on board HMS Violet in the port of Durban, South Africa.

Able Seaman

Henry Baxter Ward

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Able Seaman Henry Baxter Ward (C/JX544636) served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.

Born on 18th July 1923, he was the son of Thomas Reid Ward and Mary Ward of 15 Enniskillen Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim. The couple had another son named George Ward.

Death in South Africa

He died on 22nd July 1945 on board the Flower class corvette HMS Violet (K35). The Belfast-born Able Seaman was aged 22 years old. His death came as a result of cyanide poisoning relating to the fumigation of the ship. The following day, the ship left Durban, South Africa for Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Henry Baxter Ward’s grave is in Block F, Grave 481 of Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, South Africa. His headstone bears the inscription “his work of glory done”.

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